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3 Things We Learned About Craft Beer Packaging at CBC2016

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

May 10, 2016 8:56:38 AM

The Craft Brewers Conference's BrewExpo was an exciting and informative event for Weber. We talked to brewers from all over the world about their craft beer packaging problems. And we learned quite a bit about their challenges as they're just starting out or beginning to grow out of their current processes. The show itself included 10,000 brewers and more than 800 exhibitors.

It's clear that craft beer is a fast-growing industry. While beer overall has been trending down, craft beer has continued to rise nearly 13% last year. This show encompassed not just the major players in craft beer but also the brewery-in-planning people who are just starting out. BrewExpo  gave them a great opportunity to learn about the business and also talk to the experts of everything from brewing equipment to the final packaging details.

So what challenges are craft brewers facing today?

4,400 Brewers in US = Growing Competition for Your Brand

Craft beer is growing at an unprecedented rate and there are now more breweries in the US than ever before. With over 4,400 breweries (and growing!), brewers are facing even more competition for the hearts of beer lovers. As you start to grow your brewery, consider how your final package stands up to the competition on the store shelves.

Getting your beer to sell outside of your taproom or local area is key for your distribution growth. To get customers interested, you have to take the time to tell your brand's story through your craft beer label design. It has to be unique and memorable. The most popular labels in our booth at CBC were the metallic material labels especially ones that had the reflective qualities built into the design. We got a lot of comments about those because the artwork really pops off the label.

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Topics: Labels, Digital Labels, Trade Show, Beer Labeling

Label & Coding Solutions at the Craft Brewers Conference 2016

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Apr 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

We're excited to be exhibiting at BrewExpo America during the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference  in just a few short weeks! The conference takes place May 3 - 6 and you can visit our booth (961) during the trade show from May 4 - 6 in the Philadelphia Convention Center.  Brewers will have the chance to meet with over 800 vendors who specialize in everything you could need for your brewery from tax resources to large brewing equipment. 

For the last few of years we have enjoyed helping small breweries grow their brands with labels, labeling equipment and ink jet coders.

Here's a quick preview of the packaging solutions we're bringing to BrewExpo:



Labels for Craft Beer Bottles and Cans

Weber's booth will have beautiful examples of beautiful pressure-sensitive beer labels that are suitable for bottles and some that can even be applied to beer cans.

In addition to seeing the labels on rolls and applied to the products, we'll be giving away samples of our top beer label materials so you can take them back to your brewery and test them with your product.

There are many different types of label materials now available including white films, clear films, metalized films, Estate papers and and even wood! Get inspired with these designs from local breweries and our in-house Graphics Team. 


Labeling Applicators for Beer 

We've talked about our three options for craft beer labeling equipment for bottles and cans and now you'll be able to see one of those systems live in our booth!

In our BrewExpo booth #961 we'll be demoing our Model 121 Wrap-Around Label Applicator. You'll notice this unit is compact and easy to use and is adjustable so you can  apply labels to both cans and bottles. 

This all-in-one labeling system is on wheels so you can roll it to your bottling or canning line, apply labels to your batch, then roll it out of the way.


Ink Jet Coding for Craft Beer Cans

Our most popular craft beer product is our BestCode ink jet system. This printer is easy to use and cleanly applies the coding you need on your cans.

The ink jet printer can be a stand alone unit with its own stand or attached to the your packaging line. The system is easy to use, requires minimum maintenance, and carries a 2 year manufacturers warranty.

See a live demo of this ink jet printer coding bottles and cans, or request a Weber expert to visit your brewery and give you an on-site demo


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Topics: Trade Show, Beer Labeling

The Pack Expo Las Vegas 2015 Wrap Up

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Oct 21, 2015 8:16:07 AM

We're back from an exciting Pack Expo Las Vegas. This year PMMI celebrated 20 years of Pack Expo in Las Vegas and it was a record breaker! For this show, attendance reached 28,699 visitors with 844,510 square feet of exhibitor space. 

Did we see you there? If not, don't worry, we have a full recap of the top trends and most talked about labeling topics in our booth. 

Groundbreaking Labeling Innovation 

This year we launched a truly revolutionary product at Pack Expo Las Vegas. The Model 5500LF is our first linerfree print and apply labeling system. With our partners, NuLabel Technologies, we developed a system that will reduce liner waste and save our customers time and money.

During one of our many demos, booth visitors were able to get close to the liner free machine and see it in action. We also gave out samples of the label applied to corrugated material.  

New Businesses Looking for the Complete Labeling Package

If you are planning on launching a new product that will require packaging, attending Pack Expo is one of the best first steps you can take. Not only will you get information on every part of the container but you'll also see where you could be headed if you're product really takes off. Pack Expo is a great place to meet multiple vendors all on the same day to compare features, quality and price.

We talked to small business owners who had fantastic ideas and had come to us to talk about their labels and, perhaps one day, an automatic labeling system. Seeing all the examples of our customers labeled products in our booth also helped inspire many on what they could do with the right packaging and labels.

Keeping Up-To-Date with Labeling Regulations

The top two regulations we discussed in our booth were GHS chemical labeling and UDI labeling. These are both regulations that are in effect now but many have been slow to adopt. Part of the challenge with GHS labeling, is finding the best solution that will work long-term. Most companies seem to be working with a temporary print solution but are seeing the problems with their software or print technology. 

Weber had some printers in our booth that could print color ink jet labels that are chemical resistant and can help customers comply with new GHS regulations.

UDI medical device labeling was featured and demonstrated in our Pharma Expo booth.  We had a Model 5300 Split-Tamp label printer-applicator that was applying UDI labels to medical device packaging, and wrapping the labels automatically around the corner of the box as a closure.

Bottle Labeling Demands 

One of the most requested demos in the booth was for bottle wrap labeling. For this show, we had the Model 121 Bottle Wrap labeling system applying craft beer labels to bottles. What makes this system so great is how simple it is to run and how much time and money it saves your growing business. We're offering a show special on two of our bottle labeling systems. Get special pricing for the Model 121 Label Wrap System and the Model 114 One- or Two-Sided Labeling System. 

We also featured some of our standard labeling systems including the Model 5300 Twin-Tamp label printer-applicator, the Model 4300 label printer-applicator, the HERMA tamp-blow label applicator and other unique systems designed and manufactured by Weber Packaging Solutions.

If you attended Pack Expo, tell us what you thought about the show. Did you find what you were looking for? See more pictures from our booth on our Facebook page

 Thanks again to everyone who was a part of such a fun show in Las Vegas!

Get the Pack Expo Las Vegas Show Special! 


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Topics: GHS Labeling, Trade Show, Liner-Free Labeling

Make Plans To Attend Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jul 10, 2015 8:30:00 AM

This year's largest packaging trade show will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PMMI reports that 2015 will be the largest show floor in the show's history. And like PACK EXPO International in Chicago, the Las Vegas show will be co-located with PHARMA EXPO. Weber will exhibit in both shows. 

Make your plans today to see the best in packaging technology and materials. We're excited to debut several new labeling systems including our innovative linerless label printer- applicator. 

Show Details: 

  • The show takes place from Monday September 28 - Wednesday September 30th
  • The show is opened from 9am - 4pm each day. 
  • Get information on hotels in the area.
  • Weber Packaging Solutions will be exhibiting in booth C-2022 (PACK EXPO) and N-564 (PHARMA EXPO)
  • You can get a free pass to PACK EXPO, with access to both shows, from us! 


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Topics: Trade Show

The Top Label and Packaging Solutions for Dairy Deli Bake 2015

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

May 21, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The International Dairy Deli Bake expo is just around the corner. Weber will be showcasing three unique labeling product areas that can help you with your food packaging. Stop by our booth, #5071, to see what's new with:

  1. High-quality custom food labels
  2. Labeling systems for high-speed food labeling
  3. On-demand color inkjet label printers

Food Labels

It's important that your packaging matches, or exceeds, the quality of the food product you're selling. Weber has worked with both small bakeries and national food distributors to help them redesign their labels to elevate their brands. If you're considering updating your labels, take a look at what our many successful customers have done with our print technology.

Featured in our booth will be examples of "grab-and-go" sandwich packaging, deli meat labels, and other high-end artisan food brand labels that use unique, eye-catching materials and designs.

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Topics: Food Labels, Trade Show

Are Packaging Trade Shows a Thing of the Past?

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jan 12, 2015 2:07:00 PM

These days you can learn almost everything you need to know about a company and their products by researching them online. Corporate websites, blogs, trade publications and social media all offer you a fantastic space for product education. Does that mean trade shows are dead?

No! For some industries it might be hard to see the value in these traditional events, but for packaging it's a no-brainer. If you're planning on purchasing packaging equipment in 2015 or need ideas for a packaging redesign, a trade show is the best place to learn about your options. 


Benefits of Attending Packaging Trade Show

Networking with Industry Experts

There is no better place to meet fellow packaging experts than at a packaging trade show. Show organizers are even creating networking events on-site that make it easy to meet more packaging professionals. 


Packaging Education Seminars

Keep your skills sharp and learn from speakers from top companies! Most packaging trade shows offer seminars or speaking events from top packaging professionals like Berlin Packaging and GE Healthcare. 


Equipment Demos 

We love sharing our products on YouTube and our website, but we know that live demos are more powerful and offer visitors a chance to get up close to the equipment. In our booth, we showcase a variety of label applicators and label printer-applicators demo-labeling products from clamshells to distribution cartons. Before you attend a show like this, review the companies exhibiting and add them to your show schedule app. As you're making your final decision on the equipment you'll purchase, you'll probably have a few final suppliers/products in mind. Use a trade show as an opportunity to visit the suppliers and compare the products under one roof. 


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Topics: Trade Show